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Smoking Help for the Elderly

Smoking Help for the Elderly

WASHINGTON—A seven-state pilot project will study the best way to help older smokers kick their nicotine habit. The program, financed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), will test counseling in person and by phone, a prescription smoking cessation drug, nicotine patches, and education materials.

The 1-year Medicare Stop Smoking Program will be conducted in Alabama, Florida, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wyoming, which were selected using a formula that included the prevalence of older smokers. Additional information on the program is available at 1-866-652-3446.

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